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troops loyal to qaddafi tried to retake three cities overnight but they were repelled by rebel forces. today in one of those cities, zawiyah, there were celebrations in the streets. the people are firmly in charge and demanding qaddafi go. secretary of state hillary clinton warned that unless he does, libya is at risk of a long civil war. at the u.n., the general assembly voted to suspend libya from the human rights council. and while diplomatic efforts to end the violence continue. david martin reports the obama administration is carefully weighing military options. >> reporter: later tonight, two amphibious assault ships carrying helicopters and 800 marines will pass through the suez canal into the mediterranean. but defense secretary gates said they would be used in libya only for emergency evacuations or to deliver relief supplies. he raised a host of reservations about military intervention. no authorization from either the u.n. or nato, reluctance to tie
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up force which is might be needed in afghanistan, concerns about fanning anti-american sentiment in the rest of the arab world. >> we also have to think about, frankly, the use of the u.s. military in another country in the middle east. >> reporter: gates said he was unable to gauge the rebels' chances of overthrowing qaddafi. >> it remains to be seen how effectively military leaders who have defected from qaddafi's forces can organize the opposition in the country. >> reporter: secretary of state clinton ticked off future scenarios for libya, and two out of three were bad. >> libya could become a peaceful democracy or it could face protracted civil war or it could descend into chaos. >> reporter: the u.s. and britain are openly talking about setting up a no-fly zone over libya. >> it is not acceptable to have a situation where colonel
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qaddafi can be murdering his own people, using airplanes and helicopter gunships and the like and we have to plan now to make sure if that happens we can do something to stop it. >> reporter: but china and russia are likely to oppose any u.n. resolution authorizing a no-fly zone and gates has not yet ordered the aircraft carrier "enterprise" into the mediterranean. general james mattis who who commands u.s. forces in the middle east, cautioned patrolling libyan airspace would require knocking out libyan air defense missiles on the ground. >> no illusions here it would be a plil tear operation. it wouldn't simply be telling people not to fly airplanes. >> reporter: the u.s. military knows all about no-fly zones. it ran them for ten years over iraq but it still took an invasion to get rid of that dictator. katie? >> couric: david, is secretary gates concerned about all the turmoil in the middle east and what it might mean for u.s. security interests there? >> reporter: actually, he called it an extraordinary setback for
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al qaeda. if the people of the middle east can get rid of these repressive regimes on their own, who needs al qaeda? >> couric: all right. david martin reporting from the pentagon tonight. rebel forces control eastern libya including benghazi. mandy clark is there tonight and mandy, the opposition is mostly civilian, but it's more than held its own against forces loyal to moammar qaddafi. >> reporter: well, rebel forces are doing pretty well so far. they managed to push back two major offensives in towns west of here in the last 24 hours and they're getting more organized and better armed everyday. a cheer goes up from a group of volunteers, a convoy of trucks loaded with badly needed weapons and ammunitions has just arrived at the base where they're training. these men are getting a crash course on armed rebellion. and they know they could soon be
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facing a professional army well fiennesed with oil money and bands of african mercenaries flown in for this fight. it's clear many of the men haven't handled a weapon before. and why did you want to volunteer? >> for all the people and for their freedom. >> reporter: this is a fight that cuts across generations, young people have been at the forefront so far, but in this part of libya it now seems the whole society is refusing to be intimidated by qaddafi. what about all his weapons and african fighters? aren't you worried about that? >> we are worried, but we are not scared. because we are brave people. >> reporter: it's a mismatched arsenal that needs a good cleaning. some of the weapons are from army units that switched sides, some were smuggled in.
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the militia is starting to stockpile their military hardware. we've been taken to this location where weapons and ammunition are stacked up and ready to go. we agreed snot to reveal the location of this weapons cache but we were shown piles of old soviet era munitions, bullets, rockets and grenades. it may not seem like much, but it's more than they had in the first days of fighting when unarmed protestors faced down soldiers firing automatic weapons. that's what convinced businessman abdel wahab daggari to start gathering guns for the cause. "these kids just had stones and they were getting hid with rocket-propelled grenades and kalashnikovs" he told us. these fighters hope that every new piece of hardware wheeled in evens the odds in this battle just a bit. there's a debate amongst rebel factions on whether they should launch a military offensive on tripoli or whether they should
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call their supporters in the capital to start a new wave of protests. and what that boils down to is a choice between a protest movement and civil war. >> couric: and mandy, i know you've spoken with some of the leaders of the rebellion. what are they hoping the international community will do. >> well, they say they certainly do not want direct foreign military involvement but they would like to see a no-fly zone over libya. now, the main concern here is that qaddafi will launch a bombing campaign. >> couric: mandy clark reporting tonight from benghazi, libya, thank you. meanwhile, to the west, a humanitarian crisis is developing in tunisia. tens of thousands of foreign workers have fled there from libya. many more are stuck at the border. today u.n. workers tossed food to them as they waited for permission to enter the country. it's a very different scene in the libyan capital of tripoli. qaddafi still controls that city of two million-- about a third
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of libya's population. harry smith is there and, harry, you were out in the streets today. >> reporter: yeah, katie. tripoli is a place apart from much of what's going on in the east and the west and as you know we are here as guests of the libyan government which means pretty much that they get to show us what they want to show us and the places they want to show us. today we were able to get away with a single minder who said "you can go wherever you want and you can speak with whoever you encounter." we saw this bustling vegetable market and started asking away. how are things in tripoli? how are things in libya? >> everything is all right. >> reporter: everything is all right? >> everything is all right. no problem. >> reporter: it was a response we heard dozens of times today. >> very good. very good. >> reporter: while other parts of libya may be ready for civil war. that's not what you hear in tripoli. >> you want to make change, you want to make a revolution, i'm with you guys. but the problem, when you start
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burning your chances, you start killing the people, no. >> reporter: call it group-think. maybe towing the company line. they do start pretty young here. the little girl says "allah, qaddafi, libya and that's it." >> no one else but moammar qaddafi. >> reporter: tripoli streets were bustling with shops and folks going to work. old men gossiping. no tanks, no army. just the status quo. what's that old line about the devil you know? >> you ask me if this regime is good or not. i mean, if you go all around the world, no one is perfect in this life. no one is perfect. only god is perfect. >> reporter: so qaddafi isn't the problem. it's the media's fault. just to get the story straight, they were saying on al jazeera and al arabiya that there was shooting going on in your neighborhood. >> yeah. >> reporter: and your friends
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called you to say "what's going on? and was uz anything happening? >> it was nothing. seriously, it was nothing. seriously. >> reporter: perhaps we were hearing the truth today, or at least the truth that people here are most comfortable with because all they need to do is think back to last friday-- bloody last friday to realize how much is at risk. katie? >> couric: harry smith. harry, thank you. anti-government rallies continued today in oman and bahrain and in yemen there were more protested aimed atry moving president ali abdullah saleh before 2013 when he's promised to step down. saleh is an important u.s. ally in the fight against al qaeda, but today he accused the u.s. and israel of instigating protests in the region in order to destabilize the arab world. here at home, people in the midwest are anxiously watching the surging floodwaters. two days of storms brought heavy rain and tornados leaving at least five people dead.
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seth doane reports from one of the hardest-hit cities in northwestern ohio. >> reporter: by air, the scope of this flood emerges. much of downtown findlay, ohio, is under three feet of water tonight after a violent rainstorm melting the heavy snow pack left by a near blizzard friday. >> it's getting higher and higher and we don't know what we'll do. i have never seen water like this before. >> reporter: torrents of water overtopped dams and washed through communities. flooding farm land and resting rivers at 16 feet, near record-setting river levels. near cleveland, the chagrin river broke through a dam sending 100 people fleeing to safety. when residents couldn't save themselves, rescue workers stepped in. you had to be pretty happy to see the fire department. >> yes, we were. >> reporter: surrounded by water? >> yes. basement is flooded, both streets flooded over there. >> reporter: some scrambling to gather what the water had not
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already carried away. the storm that brought water to ohio further south brought wind. tornados tore through missouri, tennessee, and kentucky. spinning winds near 120 miles per hour. >> the barn's gone. the roof's gone. so, yeah. i knew it was bad then. >> reporter: and sweeping through homes. in central florida, the dark clouds were not signs of an imminent thunderstorm but too two wildfires that have charred 18,000 acres. at one point shutting down 30 miles of interstate 95. and back here in findlay, ohio, floodwaters have cut this city into two. the this is main street in the middle of downtown. behind me are stranded cars and clothess, flooded businesses. but a good bit of news tonight. the floodwaters are starting to recede. katie? >> couric: seth doane, seth, thank you. in other news, the surge in oil prices is not trickling but gushing down to the gas pump.
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in the past week, gas is up 20 cents to a nationwide average of $3.38 a gallon. that is the highest price in more than two years. despite higher gas prices, sales of general motors full-sized pickups soared 65% last month. g.m.'s sales overall were up 46%. chrysler 1313% and sales by ford jumped 10%. in washington, the threat of a government shutdown is over-- at least for now. the republican-controlled house today approved legislation to keep the government funded for two more weeks. the senate will go along. a temporary fix while the two parties try to reach a long-term spending agreement. and still ahead here on the "cbs evening news," an artist's vision is that is much more than meets the eye. but up next, teachers, tenure, and a union under fire. it's pain relief without the pills.
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>> reporter: outside of wisconsin there is a bigger cut coming against unionized teachers. >> this is a direct attack on freedom! >> reporter: in eight states plus new york city and los angeles the issue now is tenure-- lifetime job protections that prevent good teachers from being fired on a whim but also, critics say, protect bad teachers from being fired at all. into this battle, unpredictably, has stepped randi weingarten. >> we wanted to fix the problem. >> reporter: last week, weingarten, the president of the american federation of teachers-- a union with 1.5 million members-- proposed new rules to evaluate and fire incompetent teachers. any teacher judged unsatisfactory would get one year of guidance called an improvement plan. teachers who then failed to improve would face a dismissal hearing within 100 days. >> we want to make sure we're focused on teacher quality, on student instruction and on fairness. >> reporter: weingarten insists
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this is not a response to the fight in wisconsin but it is an answer to the biggest complaints about tenure. >> it has effectively become, in some places, a job for life, which is wrong. >> reporter: are you saying that unions aren't at all responsible for that? >> i'm saying that all of us should be taking a lot more responsibility. >> reporter: still, there are questions about her union's commitment to teacher quality. in washington, d.c., after reformer michelle rhee fired 200 low-performing teachers, weingarten's union sent a million dollars supporting a new mayor who'd promised to fire rhee. >> her view in terms of education is fundamentally different than my view. >> reporter: michelle rhee, who now runs a reform think tank says wine guard season right to take on teacher tenure but wrong to give the worst teachers so much time to appeal. >> and i don't think that we can continue to have processes and procedures in place that allow
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history month. to mark the occasion, the white house released the first comprehensive federal report on the status of american women in almost 50 years. they work hard for the money, but women still are not getting paid as much as men. that's among the findings in today's report. women earn 80% of what their male counterparts make-- up from 62% in 1979. but women now account for 51% of those in management positions and professional jobs. that's partially due to the increase in women earning college degrees. 36% of them did in 2009 compared to 11% in 1970. and the report projects women will account for nearly two-thirds of all american undergraduates by 2019. >> we need to make sure that as a society we are adapting to the new changes that affect women since it's half of our population. >> couric: on the home front, women are marrying later and
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complications from epilepsy left him irreversibly blind. what color was the depression? >> oh, my word, it was the worst black. it was like being in a hole. >> reporter: he eventually climbed out of that hole by learning to paint. >> i'm always available. >> reporter: he figured out how to mix the colors by feeling the different textures in the oil. >> you can see it's really paste. >> reporter: how to apply paint by outlining an image and using his fingers to guide the brush strokes and finally, how to see his subjects with only his fingertips. >> thank you. >> reporter: so brad pitt, right? >> you called it. >> reporter: to let him touch your face is to allow him to imprint your image in his mind. his portraits prove his fingertips are every bit as perceptive as his eyes once were. he's never seen professional skateboarder tony hawk, but after feeling hawk's face painted a remarkable portrait. >> you got it?
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>> i got it! >> reporter: he's never seen his own wife or his young son. >> looks like his mommy, thank goodness. >> reporter: but it's clear he knows exactly what they look like. bramblitt's art is gaining notice in galleries around the country and you'll often find him in museums or at schools. >> what kind of drawing are you working on? >> i think it's a sun. >> reporter: what color are you going to make it? >> yellow. >> reporter: teaching children his technique and what he's learned about life and color which, for john bramblitt, are the same thing. >> the future is so open and there's so many things i want to do. it's brilliant. it's the most brilliant colors and i can't wait to see it take form. to see it take shape. >> reporter: an artist's vision as bright as his art. don teague, cbs news, dallas.
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